Do-It-Yourself Light Box

After a little research,  I whipped up my own version of those highly acclaimed light boxes I keep hearing so much about.  It was way easy, and I’m thrilled to have another medium for Noah to explore.

Project:  Do-It-Yourself Light box


  1. 9 x 12 metal pan with clear or opaque lid
  2. aluminum foil
  3. sheet of white typing paper or parchment paper
  4. battery-operated light source (I used two small push lights and one 6-inch flourescent light)
  5. double-sided tape


  1. Line pan with aluminum foil (for its reflection properties), extending up the sides of the pan.  Hold in place with double-sided tape.
  2. Tape paper to the top of the lid.
  3. Adhere lights to the inside of the pan with double-sided tape.
  4. Turn lights on.
  5. Turn lid upside down on top of pan.
  6. Take light box into a dark room and add a little imagination.

Now’s the fun part!  Start searching your house and your local dollar store for items to use on your new light box.  Colored translucent objects are spectacular on this, but anything that benefits from backlighting will be delightful fun for your little one.

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